Boone County will receive $21.2 million from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, part of the $2.83 billion Missouri as a whole will receive. A group of state representatives met Tuesday and identified areas where they want to focus this money: education, public health, government workforce and a major focus on small business recovery.
Two local businesses, Broadway Diner and Skylark Books, have teamed up to donate books and meals to area children. Broadway Diner owner Dave Johnson began giving free meals to people in need March 19.
An Associated Press investigation found that the Texas Attorney General, who “raised a fuss” when a small town in Colorado banished nonlocals to curb the spread of coronavirus, may have acted to benefit a small group of friends and campaign donors who own property there. The report says “the depth of Paxton’s connections in the heart of the Rocky Mountains raise questions about Texas’ top law enforcement officer using his office to lean on a secluded Colorado county as it scrambled to keep COVID-19 at bay.”